A nudity-based intervention to improve body image, self-esteem, and life satisfaction

West, Keon. 2020. A nudity-based intervention to improve body image, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. International Journal of Happiness and Development, 6(2), pp. 162-172. [Article]

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An individual’s body image has profound implications for their self-esteem and overall life-satisfaction, and is a significant predictor of the onset of eating disorders. Recent research suggested that nude activities improved body image, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction among participants who were predisposed to take part in such activities. This current research investigated whether a nudity-based intervention can have similar positive effects among non-nudist participants with low levels of positive body-image, and whether those effects endure. Fifteen participants completed measures of body-image, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction before, immediately after, and one month after participating in a 4-day, nudity-based intervention. Participants reported substantial improvements in all three outcomes that remained one month after the intervention’s completion. Results suggest that nudity-based interventions can meaningfully and enduringly improve body image and related outcomes, even among non-nudists.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1504/IJHD.2020.111202

Keywords:

nudity; body image; self-esteem; life satisfaction; intervention

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2 March 2020Accepted
13 November 2020Published

Item ID:

28289

Date Deposited:

25 Mar 2020 11:15

Last Modified:

17 Nov 2020 18:30

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/28289

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